In order to share project results at national level, partner organizations organized local, multiplier events.

The main aim of the multiplier events is to make visible and give continuity to all project products and tested methods, so partners report about the successes and challenges of the project and testing, and introduce the intellectual output.

The methodologies, Good Practices tested by the partners at local context with own target group are promoted, introduced and explained at the events so that any other organizations, stakeholders, members of the target groups etc. can learn from the results.  In this way, the tested methodologies can be transferred to other local contexts.

July, 2019 – ITALY

Multiplier event in Italy, Milan

Cascina Sant’Ambrogio, a suggestive farmhouse surrounded by greenery in the city of Milan, was the location where the Italian Multiplier Event of  Upload Your Dreams project took place, in a sunlit Sunday on July the 14th.

The event addressed the topics of social and sustainable agriculture and of which work opportunities are available for young people, and especially those with fewer opportunities, like migrants. Contrary to expectations, in fact, the city of Milan is one of the main agricultural cities in Italy and latest trends show how young people may find actual and interesting opportunities in this field, to integrate in the labour market.

About 30 participants, from different organizations, had the opportunity to listen to five experts with various experiences, who were invited as speakers in a round table for this special occasion. Moreover, the experiences carried out in the project Upload Your Dreams – by testing in Milan the good practice of the “job shadowing”, which ICEI learnt from Salva Vita Foundation – were presented.

  • Alfredo Luis Somoza, journalist and President of ICEI, introduced Upload Your Dreams and the experiences implemented in the project, and addressed the link between ICEI, youngsters and sustainable agriculture;
  • Ambrogio Lamesta, agronomist and former ICEI’s aid worker, shared his experiences in Mozambique, where he developed a syntrophic agriculture project. Syntrophic agriculture is a regenerative agriculture system to contrast deforestation, soil degradation, wasteful water consumption, pollution, and erosion produced by other techniques such as chemical intensive agriculture. These techniques allow harvesting crops in harmony with earth necessities, and Lamesta’s experience was particularly effective because he showed that remarkable results can be achieved in only one year;
  • Alessandro Di Donna and Enrico Sartori, from CasciNet Association, talked about agroforestry in peri-urban areas. These two young people, in collaboration with the municipality of Milan, are coordinating a syntrophic agriculture project to regenerate fallow lands in the Vetabbia Park, located in the outskirt of Milan. The project will provide almost 1500 threes in the area.
  • Elisa Aguiari, from Association Cambalache, presented the “BeeMyJob” project, a UNCHR – supported project aiming at the labour inclusion of young migrants in the field of agriculture and agriculture.

The event ended with a social aperitif with local and biological food, where participants had the opportunity to shares their ideas, experiences, and create new contacts in order to promote new projects to support the labour inclusion of youngsters in the field of sustainable agriculture in Italy.

A special thanks goes to CasciNet, which provided its location for this round table lending the perfect context to this special event!

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July and August, 2019 – BELGIUM

Multiplier event in Belgium, Dismuide

De Groene Kans vzw (DGK) is a Belgian organization which provides learning and working opportunities for disadvantaged groups.  They work with specific target groups such as the long-term unemployed and the young, disadvantaged, unemployed. Besides having a need for knowledge, attitudes and skills to enter or re-enter employment, the majority of the unemployed face challenges in other areas of life such as financial, family-related, housing and addictions. These can interfere with or even overtake their clients’ capacity for some form of sustained labour market preparation.

It is therefore important for De Groene Kans to focus on the wider “social ecology” of the clients’ lifes and apply holistic approaches to professional practices within DGK and across the network of other local organizations. This involves teamwork, rather than individual social workers or instructors “getting it right”.

In order to achieve this, they have embedded DGK in a local network of social services, charitable organizations, job centres, counselling and guidance organizations. Such teamwork entails systematic consulting and cooperation between professionals and offers multi-dimensional perspectives on the problems faced by clients.

Their common aim is to support the clients, to build on their strengths and help them to minimise their weaknesses. Often the clients have been unsuccessful in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy at school and very often they lack self-esteem. DGK professionals’ task is to enable them. This requires not only providing them with job skills and some improvements in numeracy and literacy but perhaps most important of all the development of their self-esteem and confidence.

In the Earsmus+ project “Upload your dreams” De Groene Kans tested out some new methods, seen during a project meeting at ICEI Milan and during a training at Salva Vita Budapest to teach soft skills and empower clients in their job . These methods were tried and tested in small pilot groups and the results were very satisfactory. Those modules will be included in the guidance of different groups towards jobs.

De Groene Kans presented the results to a wider group of professionals and stakeholders on different occasions.

  • During the opening weekend of their new facility (PROVINCIEDOMEIN IJZERBOOMGAARD ),
    in June (21-23) the results were presented as part of the opening speeches. The audience were mainly stakeholders.
  • In the ‘Samenwerkingsplatform’ (local co-operation) of June 27th the project Upload Your Dreams and their outcome was discussed within the group of twenty professionals working with similar groups.
  • In the ‘Algemene Vergadering of August 29th the project and the outcome were presented within a group of 12 stakeholders.

On all of the mentioned meetings the stakeholders and professionals showed a keen interest in the project and its outcome. De Groene Kans will co-operate with a couple of organisations to de implement and adjust the methods to their needs.

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May, 2019 – HUNGARY

Multiplier event in Hungary, Budapest: Beyond Awareness-raising Training: Innovative Approaches to Awareness – Disabled People in Unusual Roles

Employers’ representatives, HR and CSR professionals were invited to the Hungarian Multiplier Event of the Upload Your Dreams project . Some guests were members of the Hungarian Employers Forum on Equal Opportunities, others were employer partners of the Foundation.

The purpose of the meeting was partly to present the new pilot program (Special City Walk) tested during the UYD project and introduce it as a team-building and awareness-raising tool for the representatives of the labor-market.

One of the participants of the program, a visually impaired university student talked about his experiences during the pilot training, what he learned and experienced and why he applied for the program.

Salva Vita learnt this good practice from the UYD project partners (ICEI, HISA) since both organizations had similar programs with different target groups.

The event provided an opportunity to share other good practices in the labor market regarding diversity and inclusion of disabled people and to exchange personal experiences in connection with this theme.

Additional presentations related to diversity at different companies:

  • BP Hungary
  • Erste Bank Hungary
  • Mc’Donalds Hungary
  • Szerencsejáték Zrt. (largest gambling service provider in Hungary)

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May, 2019 – SLOVENIA

Multiplier event in Slovenia, Maribor; 23rd Maj 2019 – WHEN MARGINAL BECOMES COMPLETE

 

On a Thursday afternoon in May the venue of Vetrinjski castle was hosted a round table discussion with several organizations and individuals who recognize the need for supporting marginalized groups.

The round table discussion, focused on the sharing of experiences, risks and good practices when working with a variety of marginalized groups.

Via Skype the Upload your dreams project was presented by Veronika Biro, project manager of Salva Vita Foundation. She also presented the activities of the organization, the programs and practices they use.
The second presenter was the projects partner from Italy; Francesca Menozzi from ICEI presented their work within the Upload your dreams project and the various practices they use when working with marginalized groups and marginalized places they live in.

The local presenter also focused on local Good Practices and the various marginalized groups living in Maribor.

The guests of the event agreed that working with marginalized groups require new approaches and methods, some groups that play a key role in the local community are untouched (e.g. immigrants, housewives). The participants of the event also agreed that a cooperation and interdisciplinary support within the various present organizations should be established and new approaches tested.

Conclusion:
Monthly meetings of organizations present should be established as a foundation stone for the development and enriching of already used practices and method.

Speakers:

  • Maja Pegan_partner in UYD project was presenting the practices within House! and moderated the round table
  • Hana Repše_Institute Mars, presented work with children with learning disabilities and the role of their parents
  • Urška Brezni_Pekarna Magdalenske mreže presented their project working with immigrant houswifes and imigrants
  • Miodrag Petrovič_Institute Razvoj_ presented their work with handicapped individuals in cultural production and the risks and benefits of this method
  • (name undisclosed) – volunteer working with the homeless in the Red cross center – presenting on how to work with homeless individuals
  • Moira Kobše_Ozara d.o.o. – a company employing handicapped adults and their methods